Melissa Knowles specializes in holistic, therapeutic, and empathetic-outreach approaches to learning, creativity and advocacy offering the children, elderly and vulnerable communities she works with the ability to enhance their own and others welfare. Her work is marked by human contact, empathy, and engagement, and encourages creativity as part of normal social, cultural and spiritual life, regardless of age, background, or ability.
She has worked with children of all ages and backgrounds; medical professionals & alternative health experts; art specialists, generalist and relief teachers in pre-school, elementary, secondary and tertiary education; seniors with dementia and limited mobility; individuals from underprivileged & different cultural backgrounds; and adults and adolescents with hearing loss, sight impairment, psychiatric disorders, and mental health diagnoses.
Her marriage of humanities, activism and arts disciplines places her at the forefront of innovative and inclusive arts pedagogy. A photographer, storyteller, artist and singer herself, she has the unique ability to inspire a confidence in each individual’s creativity, at the same time as helping each individual to use their creativity to help their wider community.
The intent of her work is to:
provide creative tools to support personal health & wellbeing
help others creatively & openly express their individual and shared humanity
develop mutually beneficial relationships
create opportunities to show, and receive, care
promote empathy, charity and change
inform conversation and drive action
Her work is based on experience and research in children's rights, general education, music education, art education, and arts therapy through both traditional and alternative pathways.